Winter Festival Events Planned, Treasure Hunt Registration Due Sunday

MAYVILLE – The 2013 President’s Day Weekend Winter Festival will be the weekend of Feb. 15-17 at Lakeside Park in Mayville.

The festival, in its 26th year, will feature winter activities and contests for all ages, including snowmobile rides, snowshoe demos, a giant kids slide, weather permitting, food and craft vendors, a pet parade, bonfire, cold water rescue demonstration and fireworks.

The children’s activities have been expanded to include a fishing pond sponsored by Home Chic of Mayville and a Legos play area.

Other activities will be a snowball distance throwing contest for children and adults sponsored by Westfield Dodge City, chili cook-off, children’s snowman/animal building contest sponsored by Andriaccio’s Restaurant of Mayville, Rainbow the Clown’s face painting and balloon sculptures and Kids Corner edible crafts.

Those interested in participating in the chili cook-off can contact organizer Ken Shearer at 753-0981 for more information. A polar bear swim will again take place at the festival with the proceeds being raised benefiting the Mayville Food Pantry. To participate, call the chamber office at 753-3113 for information and to obtain a sponsorship form. To show off a pet at the pet parade, call organizer Pati Centi at 269-7829.

The Medallion Treasure Hunt is all set to begin Feb. 4. Sponsored by The Maple Inn at Chautauqua Institution, the winner will receive a $100 cash and a weekend stay at The Maple Inn. Registration forms are available until Sunday at the following Mayville businesses: Mayville Hardware, Webb’s Year-Round Resort Candy/Gift Shop, The Cottage Collection at Webb’s, Lighthouse Point Grocery, Home Chic, the front desk of the Chautauqua Suites Meeting & Expo Center, Crosby’s and Chautauqua County branches of Northwest Savings Bank and M&T Bank. The cost is $2, and participants must be registered to win. Details are in the registration form.

Festival sponsors include major sponsors Media One Group, the town of Chautauqua, Clark Patterson Lee Architectural Engineering Firm/Habiterra, Felony Entertainment LLC, Chautauqua Suites-Olives Restaurant-Bellini Lounge, Lakeview Hotel/The Docks Restaurant, Chautauqua Marina; platinum sponsors M&T Bank, Webb’s Captain’s Table Restaurant/The Cottage Collection, Lictus Keystone; gold sponsors Northwest Savings Bank, Digitell Inc., Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau, Craig K. Whittington, D.V.M., Family Health Medical Services, The Maple Inn; Perfection Digital; and silver sponsors Irwin Bay Cottages, Home Chic, Lake Chautauqua Memorial VFW Post 8647, “A” Automotive, Schaack & Nelson-Attorneys at Law, Mayville Auto Supply Inc. and Welch’s.

For more information, visit the President’s Day Weekend Winter Festival Facebook page or call the Mayville/Chautauqua Community Chamber of Commerce at 753-3113.